Friends Are the Sweetest Treasures

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There is nothing more beautiful in this life than a good friendship. When I was a teenager, my mother held out her hand, spread her five fingers wide, and said to me, “If you find five true friends in your lifetime, you will have lived a life infinitely blessed.” At the time, I thought it was a little strange because I had so many friends, but as the years have passed, my mothers’s wisdom has become more and more apparent.

Friendship

The question I have struggled with over the years is, “What constitutes a true friend?” Perhaps it would be helpful for you to pause for a moment and reflect. Who are your true friends? What makes them good friends?

As a child, I thought friendship was about hanging out together all the time and sticking up for each other when others were critical or cruel. In my adolescence, I thought a true friend was someone who liked everything you liked and never did anything to upset you. But as an adult, I have learned that the defining quality of a true friendship is when the other person encourages you to be all you can be, challenges you with the truth in things you may not see and pushes you to become the-best-version-of-yourself, and vice versa.

What sort of people do you like being with? What types of people give you energy?

As I look at my life and over the years, there are certain people who I yearn to spend time with. Some days, when I see a commercial advertising travel, my mind goes through a list of cities that I would like to visit. In my imaginings I either want to go to a place where one of my dear friends live or I want to go to a place I have never been; having that experience with good friends.

I love being around people who are constantly striving to better themselves. They energize me. They inspire me. They challenge me.

Socially, I try to surround myself with people who make me want to be a better person. I admit they are not easy to find, but when you do find them, they are more precious than any treasure or pleasure this world has to offer.

Today I made this card thinking of one of my dear friends…  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by,

Shandelin

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Masculine Birthdays

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Hello,

I hope everyone had a wonderful week.  I had a really busy weekend so I am just now getting around to posting.  Today I thought I would share with you a masculine birthday card.  Out of the hundreds of cards that I have made over the years, I must admit that not too many of the cards have been for male birthdays.  I have made it my mission to  try to build up my collection in this area.  We like to go boating and the boating season is upon us so I thought I would use a stamp set that I rarely use.  I hope you enjoy!

 

Well I am off to start my day.  We lost an hour last night so now I need to try to make up for it.  Enjoy your week!  Thanks for stopping by.

Shandelin

Celebrate Life

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Today I thought I would share with you a cute birthday card that I made for my oldest daughter Rosalyn in addition to my thoughts on celebrating life.  Its hard to believe Rosalyn will be 25 this coming Tuesday.  I think birthdays are important as they are the celebration of one’s life.  In the past couple of months we have had many close friends have loved ones that have gone home to be with the Lord.  This makes me even more determined to celebrate the lives of the people that I love! So to treasured family, friends and all with whom this message is shared, may you celebrate life:

1. Love God

2. Smile. Smiling makes you and those around you feel good.
3. Eat ice cream.
4. Run on the beach. If you can’t physically do this, use your imagination.
5. Call someone who is ill or lonely. Listen to their story. Take the time.
6. Listen to music that touches your heart and soul.
7. Sing in the shower, or out loud if you are comfortable.
8. Visit the grave of a loved one and celebrate your continued BREATH. Tell your loved one what’s on your mind.
9. Thank yourself for putting up with all the things about yourself that drive you nuts! Have a sense of humor!
10. Apologize to someone you have wronged in any way.
11. Take a day, or even a few hours, “off” to do something you always want to do but never take the time for.
12. Eat something you never indulge in (unless allergic!) and savor every bite….slowly. No guilt permitted!
13. Re-watch your favorite funny or happy movie in your most comfortable clothes.
14. Make plans with 2 friends that you are crazy about but never see…near or far away.
15. Go outdoors to a natural setting. Sit. Close your eyes. Listen to the world.
16. Laugh. Do something fun or silly that evokes laughter. It has been said that laughter is God’s sunshine.
17. Place this list in an envelope and revisit it periodically to see how you are celebrating YOURSELF!

You must know that in the end, it is LOVE’s garden you must tend.  What better way to capture the essence of the gift of life we are given to live.  Tending love’s garden is not always easy. There are weeds to be removed, seeds to be sowed and water must flow. But with such nurturing comes beauty to be enjoyed, restoring our souls and blessing us with the reflections of our expressed love. Seasons change as does the garden, reminding us that nothing is permanent here on earth….and though a flower will die, love never does. That our bodies may die, but our souls are eternal.  So Celebrate Life!

 
I stepped away from my traditional rectangle card and went with a round card this time.  I love the scalloped edge of the card as it reminds me of a flower and the gardens that I must tend.

Hope you enjoy!  I am off to get ready for a band concert for my youngest daughter!  See you again soon.

Shandelin

Vintage Spring Card Class

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Spring causes the five senses to come alive.  The warmth of the sun as it touches your skin. The smell of the fresh air of fresh cut grass on a warm day. The sight of new growth as flowers begin to bloom bursting forth with vibrant color, The taste of fresh spring fruits.  The sound of birds singing in the morning as you start your day.  Spring is a season of rebirth, growth, and in many ways to to begin again…

Spring is one of my favorite seasons!  As the weather continues to warm us into Spring I wanted to create a set of cards that represent the feeling I get from Spring.  I used some of my favorite vintage papers from Stampin Up and created some beautiful cards.

I will be teaching a card class and creating this set of Spring Vintage cards.  I used miscellaneous greeting on the cards pictured.  However, I think with Easter coming early this year these cards would also be great with an Easter greeting for those who choose.

Class Particulars:

Date:  Saturday, March 17th

Time:  1:00 p.m.

Cost:  $20.00

Location:  My Home (Address will be given to registered guest)

Please email.me to sign up for this class:  Shandelin@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by,

Shandelin


					

An Ode to Black and White

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The events of our lives are not always black and white. Between what is unmistakable and unarguably true, lies the many shades of gray. More importantly, however, life itself can be as colorful as a rainbow. Memories can be dowsed in tints of blue, signifying the hardships you’ve made it through; stories can be as vibrant as the yellow sun, enticing laughter and fun; and we must not forget our most passionate moments, drenched in red, speaking boldly of love. Nonetheless, in the end, each captured moment, frozen in time, is simply that—frozen—time dulling even the brightest of hues. But, just like the seemingly colorless shades of black and white—beneath the surface is so much more.

                                                                                      Vintage Well Wishes

                                                                                              Because I Care

                                                                                                      Amour

My tribute to Black and White.

I hope you enjoy!

-shandelin

Thanks So Much

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Hello,

Today I thought I would pop in to show a fancy fold card that I made for my neighbor.  Summers can be challenging when you have young children and both parents work outside of the home.  However, I am blessed to have great neighbors!  My children got to spend the last week or so hanging out with our neighbors children running and having fun like all children should be able to do in the summer.  I wanted to make an extra special card to show my appreciation for their generosity.

I love how the sentiment pops through from the inside of the card!  The color combination is also becoming one of my favorite combinations!

This was such a fun card to make.  Well I am off to get dinner for now.  I will post the card ingredients as I get used to this whole blogging thing!  Thanks for stopping by!

-shandelin

Punch Potpourri Stamp Camp

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Self expression provides me with the opportunity to convey my individuality through my creative endeavors.

Over the years, I have expressed my creativity in many ways. I’ve been known to dabble in a little bit of everything in the kitchen–trying new recipes as well as cultivating the skill to successfully recreate traditional dishes that will be passed down for generations to come; my children have gotten the chance to look back fondly on their younger years by way of the many decorative pages that I’ve created to house the pictures I’ve taken as they’ve grown up; I even learned how to decorate cakes with elaborate designs, once, friends and family alike enjoying the spoils of my efforts. My list goes on to include other crafty projects, card making–even singing in my church choir. 

Now, technology allows me the ability to share my creative expressions with my friends–who I hope will share with their friends, as well! I am excited about blogging my way through this journey of self expression with you. It is my hope that you will be inspired to express yourself everyday in some small way.

I would like to take the opportunity to share with you the project we will be creating in my upcoming Stamp Camp Class in August. Below is a sampling of the four cards and container we will be creating in this fun filled class.  If you are looking for a girls night out or just some time to get away and be creative I invite you to join us for this fun filled evening

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Be prepared for any occasion with this stunning collection of 12 all-occasion cards in a custom-designed box.  This card

set makes a perfect gift for the person who has everything, or simply keep it on hand for yourself!

Date: August 26th

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $40.00

Location:  My Home (Address will be given for registered guests).

Please email me to sign up for this class: Shandelin@gmail.com

Thanks for stopping by,

Shandelin